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J. B. Characters

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Bildad

Bildad is one of the three comforters who come to reassure J. B. in scene 9, after J. B. has lost everything. Spouting jargon-filled clichés, Bildad explains J. B.'s suffering from a Marxist viewpoint, posing an economic answer to J. B.'s problems. J. B. should not wallow in guilt, he claims, because "Guilt is a sociological accident."

Distant Voice

At two points in the play, while Zuss and Nickles are arguing in their roles as God and Satan, another voice from offstage is heard speaking lines attributed to God in the King James Bible. In the list of characters, the voice is named The Distant Voice. As MacLeish himself explained several times, the voice belongs to God himself, another character in the play.

J. B.

J. B. is a perfect and upright man, a successful New England banker, a millionaire, blessed with a loving wife...

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